Former Deepings School students sought to inspire current pupils

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Former pupils of The Deepings School are being asked to return to the classroom.

However, the school doesn’t want them to sit in on lessons, but to inspire the current generation to academic success and career confidence.

The school, in Deeping St James, is one of 400 educational institutions across Britain working with the education charity Future First to set up ‘old school tie’ networks and harness the talents and experience of old boys and girls to support current students.

The school wants to contact former students in established careers and vocations as well as recent leavers in further education, those who live nearby as well as people who have moved away.

Future First’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged ‘alumni community’ that helps it to do more for its students.

More than 180,000 former students nationwide have already signed up to stay connected with their old school.

They are motivating young people as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers.

Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said: “Every state school student should have the opportunity to succeed in life after school, regardless of their background. If students see ‘people like me’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too.”

Register on the ‘Former students’ link at